Spoiler Warning: There are spoilers in this Walking Dead 189 review.
The Walking Dead #189: Lines Are Drawn
The Walking Dead is back with issue 189! Before we get into that, how are you liking the Whisperer arc in the television series? In my opinion, Ryan Hurst is killing it as Beta. He looks the part and that voice is truly terrifying. Anyways, lets talk about this month’s issue of The Walking Dead!
The end of issue 188 ended on a pretty crazy cliffhanger. Eugene and Stephanie are being overrun by a herd! Issue 189 picks up at this point as the couple finds refuge in a train car.
Summary and Discussion
Stephanie is incredibly scared, as she should be. It becomes apparent at this time that Stephanie does not have the combat experience needed to survive in the zombie-ridden wild. The Commonwealth is large and their army is well-equipped. It makes sense that not everyone would have seen action.
Luckily, Stephanie is with the experienced Eugene. He comes up with a plan to drive the herd away with a fire extinguisher. While this was a genius distraction, I thought it was a hilarious plot point. Seeing the zombies getting covered in fire extinguisher fluid was quite humorous.
Laura heads to The Commonwealth’s prison in order to free Mercer. She has rigged his cell wall to explode. They used a little too much explosive and gave Mercer quite a scare. This issue seems to be full of slapstick and I love it.
The explosion sets off the brewing revolution in The Commonwealth. Rick attempts to help Pamela and the rest of The Commonwealth’s government workers. Rick is far more prepared for this than any of the other bureaucrats in The Commonwealth.
I love that Rick lets it be known that he does not support the way Pamela does things. Though he has made his own mistakes, Rick is the white knight of The Walking Dead. His never-ending quest to save the most people possible is not lost in this issue. Besides, how satisfying was it to see him choke Pamela’s son against a wall?
Rick runs into Carl and company, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. Rick sends Paul and Aaron to bring Pamela’s group to Greenville. We then get to have a cute heart to heart between Rick and Carl. It has been a while since we have had one of those. It is always heartwarming.
Mercer and the guards fine Lance hiding under his bed. As Mercer questions him about Pamela, a riot breaks out. Mercer is hit in the head with a glass bottle and is badly cut. This causes him to have a fit of anger and threaten to shoot the unarmed citizens.
The issue ends with Rick confronting Mercer and the guards. Mercer doesn’t know what to do. He suggests that Rick might be able to end the revolution by stepping up as the leader. Rick is left speechless.
My Thoughts On The Walking Dead 189
This issue is the one we have been waiting for! The revolt in The Commonwealth is beginning. I originally assumed that the guards would overthrow Pamela with the help of the citizens. However, it looks like they are setting up a much more interesting scenario.
Pamela is on the run. The guards are trying to bring order to the chaos. The citizens don’t trust either group. Is Rick going to be the leader? That would be quite the change in The Walking Dead.
However, I don’t think that will happen. I think he might build a council consisting of people like Mercer, Laura, maybe even Lance or Carl. That would be crazy enough. I really don’t see Rick taking over The Commonwealth, at least not at this point.
What Did You Think?
How did you like this issue? I am glad that we are hitting one of the big climaxes of this arc. Let me know on social media what you think. How will this battle turn out?
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